Chiromancy is divination by inspection of the hands (popularly known as palmistry).
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Dragon's-tail was the old palmistry name for the line marking the separation between the hand and the arm.
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Palmistry is the science or art, depending upon one's belief, of the foretelling of the future or personal character traits through the study of the shape, colour, texture, temperature and lines of the hand. An ancient art, palmistry was traditionally used to foretell a person's future. Modern western fortune telling palmistry is the result of popularisation by Adrien Adolphe Desbarolles, a Frenchman and another Frenchman and compatriot, Casimir Stanislas d'Arpentigny, a French cavalry officer, who documented a system of interpretation based upon the shape and relative sizes of the fingers and palm.
The occult work of Desbarolles and d'Arpentigny was further popularised in the 20th century in books written by 'Cheiro' or ' Count Louis Hammond'. This occult form of palmistry forms the basis of what most people accept as palmistry as traditionally practised by seaside gypsy fortune tellers and other entertainers. A sensible scientific approach was the subject of the life' s work of an Indian, Julius Spier in conjunction with Carl Jung. Spier's system, which was never completed as a result of his ironically sudden and untimely death, aimed to enable people to analyse and interpret their self so that they may navigate the 'road of development which leads towards perfection, and to achieve the true synthesis of the personality.' In all forms of palmistry, the lines of the palm are given separate names and indications. The primary lines being the lines of: life, which curves from the edge of the palm around the thumb toward the wrist; head which runs across the middle of the palm; heart which runs across the top part of the palm below the fingers. The palm itself is divided into areas, known as mounds, and the fingers and thumb each have special significance.
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